Scholarship Fund

Call For Candidates


The objectives of the International Law Association (ILA) are the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law. The Association operates through its network of branches and international committees that work on specific subject areas of international law; and one of the main activities is the organisation of a biennial law conference. The 79th International Law Conference will take place from 23 – 27 August 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. The theme is ‘Bridging for the Future’ and general information about the event is available at


The ILA has established a Scholarship Fund to help graduate and postgraduate students and early career professionals attend the ILA Regional or Biennial Conferences.

This is the call for candidates for the ILA Biennial Conference in Kyoto, Japan from 23 – 27 August 2020.


Candidates who satisfy the Eligibility Criteria will be selected having regard to the general objectives of the Scholarship Fund and in the light of the following, more particular, qualities demonstrated by their applications:

  • their aptitude for international law in the form of academic excellence, intellectual rigour, imaginative thinking, sound reasoning, careful presentation;
  • their potential for developing a greater understanding of and involvement with international law;
  • their potential for contributing to the promotion of international law and/or to the enhancement of participation in it, in particular (though not exclusively) in regions where the ILA is under-represented or where the particular ILA conference is taking place.

The candidate must:

  • be enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate course doing research in international law or be an early career professional in international law (first five years);
  • show a strong interest in international law (which can be demonstrated by, for example, a law school major, classes, papers and extra-curricular activities);
  • show how conference participation would benefit his/her research or career in international law;
  • make a case that they do not have access to other sources of funding, for instance from their home institutions;
  • not have received an ILA scholarship in the past;
  • comply with the Eligibility Criteria.

Applications are particularly welcomed from younger persons in regions of the world that are generally under-represented in the ILA’s work.


Full Scholarships are intended to contribute towards (but not necessarily fully cover) the Conference registration fees; travel costs; accommodation; and subsistence.

The Selection Committee may also decide to award only a Partial Scholarship.


Applications for scholarships for the ILA Biennial Conference in Kyoto, Japan from 23-27 August 2020, must be received by 16 March 2020 (17:00 Hrs – London time).

Applicants should download and complete the application form. The completed form should be returned, together with supporting documentation, to

The Selection Committee will announce their decision by 27 April 2020 and successful applicants will be informed immediately. The decision of the Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

20 January 2020
International Law Association


The contact details for any queries regarding the Scholarship Fund are as follows:

Ms. Claire Martin (ILA)
E-mail : info
Phone : +44 (0)20 7323 2978